The Isobar Czar (of Bergen)

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Slippery sloppy slushy slopes, slimy slimy silvery soaps.
Fluttering fluffy frosty froth,
Does indoor work equate to sloth?

This shifting dial from a weather thing-a-ma-jigger.
Spurring palms of the curious toddler.
Yo yo yo the yo-yo goes, Fluctuating, oscillating.

Level-headed to lambaste
An office window posed as a snow-globe!
Oh Wait! Nei! Nei!
The Rain-globe glass.

Sideways, inverted, wind-blown rain,
how many umbrellas will you attain?

Wind-caused goosebumps. Snowy dumps.
Icicles drip, drip, drip.
thumpity thump.

Oceanic, Fjords, and the North Sea.
Low pressure system
of the North Atlantic, headed east.
Gulf-stream gifts of moisture and heat.

Seven majestic peaks
confronted by Air,
As topographical obstacles
and receptors of solar warmth.
Give Air no choice but ascend some feet.
Meter over Havet på Norsk.

And as Air rises, it cools
and forms big clouds
Continuing cycles of misty shrouds.

This low pressure system
made an honorably modest low pressure people.
Flexible. And relaxed.
‘No such thing as bad weather they say
the right clothing keeps discomfort at bay’;
And even still,
this moody system puppeteers my day.

Ikke mer!
You Bergen Bum.
No more ‘fair-weather frolick’
Rain. Shine. Snow. Rain.
Of Bergen’s weather, You are in the garlic.

Go grab your down downs
and your fur-lined jumpers,
your Bean boots,
Oh wait! Nei! Nei! Your knee-high Hunters.

Run up those trails.
Splash in the puddles.
Dance in the rain and halt all your scuddles.

The world breeds enough chaos.
It’s written in the stars.
This. is. the. LAST day
you revolve
around the Isobar Czar.

This poem is dedicated to the sunny clear sky, a true weather event in Bergen, Norway.
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Figure 1 A nice illustration of the lovely orographic precipitation that Bergen experiences.
Bjørbæk, G. 2003. Norsk vær i 110 år. N.W. DAMM & Sønn.
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Ashley is currently a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. - Norway Student Fulbright Program with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, based in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. Her fellowship is centered around the Ice2Ice Project project, studying the effects of arctic sea ice melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet. She is a research assistant for the marine sediment team, focused on empirical data. Ashley is a 2014 graduate of Bates College, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Geology and German.
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